Sustainability services at Berkshire Communities

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Responsible Sustainability at Berkshire Communities

A Commitment to Our Planet

The Responsible Sustainability initiative at Berkshire Communities is rooted in a holistic philosophy that includes ecologically-centric policies and processes for water conservation, energy efficiency, transportation, recycling, environmental impact, and the leveraging of technology.

Water conservation services at Berkshire Communities
WATER CONSERVATION

Water Conservation

  • Ongoing monitoring of ADC (Average Daily Consumption) for all Berkshire Communities properties, including benchmarking of the highest performing properties and applying those techniques throughout the portfolio
  • Faucet aerators utilized to mix air with water to decrease water consumption
  • Low-flow toilets and shower heads installed to minimize water consumption
  • Landscape planning that incorporates water-saving techniques
  • Use of reclaimed water for irrigation

Annual irrigation audits to evaluate volume of water used and determine areas where efficiency can be improved.

Energy efficiency services from Berkshire Communities
ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Energy Efficiency

  • Ongoing monitoring of electric and gas consumption, with benchmarking to identify and strive for best practices
  • Nest Learning Thermostats in apartment units to monitor and optimize energy consumption
  • Motion detectors in models and common areas to limit unnecessary energy use
  • Ceiling fans installed to increase airflow, creating less use of HVAC systems
  • Dual-pane windows used to save energy by providing additional insulation and creating less usage of HVAC systems
  • Digital thermostats used in office and common areas for more precise temperature settings
  • Appliance upgrades utilize the Energy Star replacement program
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or LED lighting used in models, common areas and for garage lighting
  • Vacant utility expenses program, which monitors vacant apartment units to ensure that energy is not being used unnecessarily while the unit is not occupied
Berkshire Communities transportation services
TRANSPORTATION

Transportation

  • Electric car charging stations
  • Use of electric golf carts for property tours and maintenance
  • Bicycle storage for residents
  • Focus on development or acquisition of communities that are walkable or close to public transportation, retail, dining, and other amenities
  • Information on transit routes and schedules provided in lobby
Berkshire Communities recycling program
RECYCLING PROGRAMS

Recycling Programs

  • Engagement of waste management consultants
  • Recycling programs in place for each property, including recycling bins in offices and common areas
  • Use of recycled or biodegradable paper products in offices and on properties – including copy paper, paper towels, recycled coffee cups and bathroom tissue
  • Installation of carpet that is recyclable and/or made from recyclable materials
Berkshire Communities's social responsibility
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Social Responsibility

  • Community outreach
  • Smoke-free environment
Berkshire Communities fosters a culture of inclusion and success
CULTURE OF INCLUSION AND SUCCESS

Culture of Inclusion and Success

  • Diversity and inclusion initiatives
  • Health and wellness programs
  • Awards and recognition
  • Financial management courses
  • Professional affiliations and development programs
  • Long average employee tenure
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